tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC January 19, 2013 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
this is "world news." tonight, breaking news. a deadly crisis over. at least 23 hostages dead. and tonight, the american toll. the stories emerging of survival. the first pictures of the hostages who were able to escape. the horror they had to walk past. point blank. the shocking moment. the close call caught on tape. the gunman taking aim on live television. everyone survived. but this evening, how did he get in and how did he come so close? breaking his silence. for the first time, football giant manti te'o talks about the phantom girlfriend. tonight, the espn interview. was he in on any of it? how did he react after being
duped? >> i just got mad. and i just went on a rampage. >> and if there was no girlfriend, who was talking on the other end of the phone? and second time around. on the eve of the president's second inaugural address, can you guess which president delivered the shortest speech? who despite drenching rain insisted on riding in an open car? and whose was the first to be seen by millions? >> faithfully execute the office of president of the united states -- good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a saturday night. we do begin with that developing news that terrorists' takeover of that natural gas facility in algeria has finally come to an deadly end tonight. the algerian military moving in, leaving many dead.
including at least 23 hostages. one american among them. still other americans unaccounted for. for the first time it began, we're getting a first look inside the terrible ordeal. showing workers held inside the plant. hostages kneeling in the sand there, hands in the air. this new video reportedly shot by workers as they escaped through the desert. in a moment the stories of the survival. but we begin with abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: the algerian's army final assault today recaptured the bp-run facility but left many of the hostages dead. over the four-day siege in the middle of the sahara desert, the final hostage death toll was put at by algerian officials at 53. >> for their family and friends has been and continues to be a distressing and horrific time.
>> reporter: at least two americans remain unaccounted for as killed.erican has confirmed 58-year-old fred buttacio of katy, texas, a suburb of houston. >> we believe that there are five britishationals and one uk resident who are either deceased or unaccounted for. >> reporter: the good news was, most of the western workers were freed or escaped. algerian tv aired what it said was home video taken by one hostage as he escaped across the desert. among those who also got out was mark cobb of corpus christi, texas, described as the vp/senior manager at the facility. their bodies displayed today on tv. officials said they were heavily armed with automatic weapons
and explosives-packed belts. as algerian tanks and special forces surrounded the plant, officials said they had no choice but to go in with guns blazing. even after other countries asked them to hold off out of concern for the safety of hostages. >> we don't negotiate. we don't mess around. >> the official algerian news agency said they began to execute the remaining hostages as the algerian army moved in. now it will shift to the master mind of this attack, mokhtar, david, he's made himself one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. also this evening, we're hearing more of the portrait of the terror inside from those who managed to flee. those workers who had to walked passed the dead. many have been flown to italy, at the island of sicily.
where abc's nick schifrin is tonight. >> reporter: david, u.s. officials tell us about a dozen survivors are recuperating at the u.s. naval base here in sicily. they are just beginning to come to term with the trauma they suffered. they are all shell shocked and barely made it out alive. >> i don't remember, it happened so fast. >> reporter: survivors describe scenes of fear and brutality. for more than 80 hours they did anything to stay alive. many were beaten and witnessed executions. >> we are lucky that we are still alive. >> reporter: stephen mcfaul called his wife after escaping. his hands had been tied and he had to wear explosives strapped to his chest. >> she describes the experience as he had as truly horrific. >> reporter: mark grant and others hid for four days, surviving by scrambling up on the roof or locking themselves inside rooms, hoping terrorists wouldn't get through the door. >> we barricaded together in one of the offices, we locked the door we put desk on the door.
>> reporter: and for those who survived, there is relief. many are on their way home, desperate to return to their families. >> the guys who picked us up, the rescue guys who had been in there were wonderful, they were like long lost friends. >> reporter: but those are the fortunate. many are still missing. the daughters of scottish hostage kenneth whiteside took to twitter. they haven't heard from him since the siege began. torrent, there is also concern about the fate of u.s. officials who remain unaccounted for. for the survivors, david, security officials and psychologists are debriefing them, helping them begin the process of healing from this horrible siege. >> nick, our thanks to you. our coverage of the terror siege now over. and now, to an unbelievable image tonight. it shows a very close call. a politician speaking. a man with a gun approaching him at the podium. that gun inches away from the leader's head. everyone survived this. but so many questions about this coming in from bulgaria. abc's alex marquardt on how that gunman got in and got so close.
>> reporter: he came out of nowhere. he pointed a gun at a bulgarian politician's head. he failed to fire a shot. he was instantly tackled the crowd by audience members at this party conference repeatedly kicked and pummelled with fists. others stood over the pistol, self-defense weapon that's lethal at close range. it's unclear why the 25-year-old attacked ahmed dogan. "right now, we're working on finding out everything about the attacker," said the bulgarian interior minister. in addition to the gun, two knives were found on the attacker. it's unclear how he got into the conference. he already had a known criminal background with arrests for drug possession and robbery. the politician who was attacked was stepping down as head of his party. police say that he's in good health after this attack. of course, david, so many
questions remain tonight. >> alex, thanks toou. we're going to turn now to notre dame football star manti te'o speaking out for the first time about that phantom girlfriend. that elaborate hoax. for the first time in an espn interview manti te'o was asked was in this? if no girlfriend, who was he talking to on the other side of that line? abc's matt gutman teaming one our partners at espn. >> reporter: manti te'o tonight, calling himself the victim of lies, spanning three years. >> were you in any way a part of this? >> no never. >> reporter: baring all in an exclusive off-camera interview with espn's jeremy schaap. >> he was asked more than 300 questions in that time. he never demured. >> reporter: admit to falling prey to a so-called "catfish." manti te'o said perpetuated by this man. created by this man.
one of the most intriguing questions now, who was at the other end of those phones calls? who was he talking? manti te'o said that mystery voice he thought was a girlfriend, was acted mostly by a female accomplice of ronaiah. manti te'o revealed to espn, he was so in love with lennay that he lied to his friends and his parents that he met her. even though he only knew her over the phone. >> i even knew that it was crazy that i was with somebody that i didn't meet. so, i kind of, you know, tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her. before she passed away so that people wouldn't think that i was some crazy dude. >> reporter: they put her through a near-fatal car crash.
before killing her off with leukemia. then in december, he got a call from ronaiah. the big lie finally unravelled. >> they said it's lennay. so, we carried on that conversation and i just got mad and i went on a rampage. like, how could you do this to me? i ended that conversation by saying simply this, lennay, my lennay died on september 12th. >> reporter: manti te'o said that he don't know what would motivate this. but he doesn't think it was money. >> still so many questions. matt gutman. now to washington, d.c., this evening and the countdown is on until president obama's inauguration. the official beginning to his second term. the president's first inauguration made history in so many ways. tonight, preparing to make history again.
and one familiar voice. abc's david kerley at the white house tonight. ♪ at last >> reporter: what a night, the new first couple serenaded by beyonce. the singer is back, but this time will perform as the president stands on the steps of the capitol. other stars too, alicia keys, katy perry, but rather than ten inaugural balls, there will only be two. other changes as well, at this second celebration. the president takes the official oath of office tomorrow in the white house. on monday, he takes the oath again on the capitol steps with his hand on two bibles, martin luther king's, and president lincoln's. >> i barack hussein obama -- >> reporter: standing on the national mall, as many as 800,000 people. that is nearly twice as many people who attended the second inaugurals of presidents clinton and bush. before the oath and the party, today the president did a little work. >> this inauguration is a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power. >> reporter: a national day of
service, brought the first family to a d.c. elementary school for a bit of painting while around the nation's capital, the final touches were going on the parade route and the visitors were already starting to gather on the people's lawn. i have covered a couple of these, david. they can be very, very chilly. here's the good news, the forecast calls for maybe 40 degrees when the president takes the oath on monday. >> we'll take 40. >> david kerley, see you at the capital. >> want to bring in ginger zee. >> it's going to be 40 degrees. not bad at all. we're lucky it's not happening on tuesday. that's when a huge push of arctic air is coming in. part of the country already dealing with it. that's north dakota. this video shows you i-29 and they have had blizzard conditions. look at the cold. this air comes down. place like minneapolis that
haven't seen a high temperature below zero in four years. we'll do it there, five below on monday. places like chicago, tumbling to 11 and 12 degrees. >> ginger, our thanks to you. >> abc news has complete coverage of the inauguration. special report right here. tomorrow night a special edition of "world news." i'll be reporting from the capital and on monday, our coverage of the public festivi y festivities begin with "good morning america." the entire team will be there. there's still much more ahead here on this saturday night. lance armstrong's admission to oprah about years of doping. the question that finally made armstrong break down. and new here this evening, investigators weighing in, will that interview they have been watching make a difference for him? [old english accent] i doth declare that thou have brought overmany discounts to thine customers! [old english accent] safe driver,
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when he had to admit his own son that he had been lying. >> i saw my son defending me and saying that's not true. that's when i knew that i had to tell him. i said -- don't defend me anymore. >> reporter: tyler hamilton, a former teammate and friend bitterly attacked, and even threatened for telling the truth, now said that he's now seeing a side of armstrong unlike anything he has ever seen. >> these last two nights, it's like the new lance. the lance he hoped to be and the old lance. you can see it. it's like a battle. >> this is heavy. and this is messy and this is not something that i can sit with you and leave and go, okay. >> reporter: armstrong told
oprah that he's now in therapy and sees how, quote, sick some of his actions were. but it just some old version of himself. that arrogant twitter photo boasting of his tour wins, even after he had been stripped, was just two months ago. >> that was just, more defiance. and you know what's scary is, i actually thought it was a good idea. >> reporter: he acknowledged that his ex-wife knew of his cheating and encouraged him not only to stop but to come clean. he never did until he lost everything and was back in a corner. >> will you rise again? >> i do not. >> neal is here with us. in new york. neal, you talked about with anti-doping officials who watched this interview, has it made any difference for him? >> in a word, no. they said that he has to come forward under oath, with names, dates. pass the drug test, they said there have been talks about
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go to axiron.com. finally tonight, here, you making history the second time around, happens more than you think. 16 presidents have had to do what president obama will do on monday. deliver that second inaugural address. of course, the first to do so was george washington. his was the shortest inaugural speech. just 135 words. here, a copy of that speech historians believe likely in his secretary handwriting. he said that day, i'm again called upon by the voice of my country. abraham lincoln, a sea of mud on pennsylvania avenue after weeks
of rain, thousands of spectators standing in it all. the moment reenacted in "lincoln." >> charity for all. >> reporter: it was during lincoln's second inauguration african-americans were first invited to participate in the parade. little more than a month later, he was assassinated. and for women it wasn't until woodrow wilson's inaugural they were invited to be part of the parade. one mother pushing her turn of the century stroller as they walked into history. two years later, women would begin to vote. fdr's second inaugural, the wettest on record. but listen to this. he insisted on riding in an open car. >> i harry s. truman do solemnly swear. >> you will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> reporter: a tv first for harry truman, january 1949. americans could finally watch the inauguration on television.
these were the preps more than 50 years ago for dwight eisenhower, giant platforms for a mere 12,000 invited guests. there were four inaugural balls awaiting them. lyndon johnson made history, after one of the darkest days in america, the first president to ride to his inaugural in a bulletproof limo after the assassination of jfk. bill clinton ushering more than just a second term. the first to be carried on that thing called the internet. on monday, president obama with the first lady by his side again, after already making history four years ago. in front of 2 million spectators. our special report on the swearing-in just before noon tomorrow. i'll see you from washington with a special edition tomorrow night. and we'll all see you here on monday.